Verizon announced it was working to bring 5G home internet service to a few US cities last November, and opened up preorders last month for residents to sign up. The company’s made good on their promise to launch the service on October 1st, and installations are starting today for residents in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. Customers will be able to access typical Wi-Fi speeds around 300 mbps and peak speeds up to 1 Gbps.
As part of its rollout, Verizon is offering three months of its 5G Home service for free, which will then cost $50 a month for existing Verizon customers, and $70 for non-Verizon customers. The company is also offering a free Chromecast or Apple TV 4K, and three months of YouTube TV. The service comes with installation included and first access to 5G mobile devices when they become available in a user’s area.
There’s been a lot of competition among carriers to be the world’s first 5G commercial network. Verizon’s the first major carrier to claim that title by launching a 5G home network, but their mobile 5G service plans remain to be seen until 2019. Meanwhile, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have been building out their networks to support mobile 5G, and hardware makers like Huawei and Xiaomi have been busy developing 5G smartphones as well. We’ll definitely start to see more companies racing to 5G in the coming months.